Homosexuals coast-to-coast have been doing the slow burn in the past few months because their jug-eared leader, Barack Obama, has delayed fulfilling a key campaign promise: to scrap the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule. The policy is actually federal law, and it’s very simple: Keep your mouth shut, and you can serve. Ten months into office, and Obama still hadn’t moved to end it, but he re-upped the promise at a homosexual-rights dinner in October—not that his pink left wing will be satisfied.
Homosexuals should have known Obama would delay action on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which the Clinton administration crafted after its plans for homosexuals to serve openly went down in flames. Before his inauguration, Obama said he wouldn’t move on the issue for some months, and perhaps not until 2010. The President’s rookie year, an aide said, would be used for “consensus building.” But they certainly didn’t expect his solicitor general to argue for “don’t ask, don’t tell”—and against a homosexual G.I.—before the U.S. Supreme Court.
James Pietrangelo II is a veteran of both Iraq wars. In 2004, he emerged from the foot locker. The military kicked him out, and he battled to the high court. Arguing the government’s side, Solicitor General Elena Kagan said a lower court of appeals had ruled correctly: “Applying the strong deference traditionally afforded to the Legislative and Executive Branches in the area of military affairs, the court of appeals properly upheld the statute.” Indeed, Kagan used the classic (and correct) argument against homosexuals serving openly. The military’s ban is “rationally related to the government’s legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion.” The court refused to hear Pietrangelo’s appeal.
Unsurprisingly, Pietrangelo exploded. “[Obama’s] a coward, a bigot and a pathological liar,” he told Time in June.
This is a guy who spent more time picking out his dog, Bo, and playing with him on the White House lawn than he has working for equality for gay people. If there were millions of black people as second-class citizens, or millions of Jews or Irish, he would have acted immediately . . .
For blacks and Jews, he probably would have. But the Irish?
At any rate, you would think Pietrangelo’s sentiments line up with those of angry homosexual militants everywhere, that anger being one reason Obama reiterated his promise at the annual dinner in October for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Said Obama:
Of course, neither Obama nor his sodomite supporters will concede that the 99 percent of normal military men who have shown “courage and selflessness” might not want to spend all day every day wondering about the intentions of their comrades in arms. And once the homosexuals go in, the speech police will descend on the military, particularly the Marines, with the ferocity of Jimmy Doolittle’s air raid on Japan. As Obama wrote in a statement he provided to the HRC during the campaign, repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell”
will require the implementation of anti-harassment policies and protocols for dealing with abusive or discriminatory behavior. . . . The military must be our active partners in developing those policies and protocols.
You know what that means: No more homo jokes.
After the speech, the New York Times reported on a homosexual website where one poster wrote, “I could have watched one of his old campaign speeches and heard the same thing.” That, of course, is true of any politician on any given issue. But for homosexuals, the point is well taken. They expected Obama to dump the policy. Instead, his solicitor general defended it.
It doesn’t much matter in the long run. Given the military’s surrender on women in combat, it will very likely raise the white flag on homosexuals once Obama’s leftist administrators ratchet up the pressure. Pentagon brass aren’t much known for moral and political courage. And average Americans, especially “conservatives” if you believe the polls, aren’t helping. As Time reported in its story on Pietrangelo, 58 percent of conservatives
now support openly gay people serving in uniform (nationally, 69% support the change; when Clinton assumed office, a Gallup poll found 53% of those polled opposed lifting the ban).
In addition, “58% of self-described Republicans, and 60% of weekly church-goers” also support homosexuals serving openly. So the polling data comport with the public’s weakening grasp on sexual morality and why certain standards are important.
Consider again the blithe, uncritical view Obama expressed at the HRC festival: “There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors, even loved ones—good and decent people—who hold fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes . . . ” Well, at least he conceded that some people who find sodomy to be an abomination can be “good and decent.” They are merely misguided. Obama’s unsettling assumption is that the lifeless act between two homosexuals in a germy bathhouse or even a bedroom equates to the life-giving marital act of a man and a woman. This, of course, is what the Lavender Legionnaires want everyone to believe. If the polling data are correct, it appears that most Americans have bought the lie.
That means the Pentagon’s decorated bureaucrats will likely surrender. The question is, how will that affect the Armed Forces? The introduction of women into nearly every military occupation specialty brought untold problems no one in the military wants to admit. And the introduction of openly declared sexual deviants will likely do the same.